You don’t usually think much about your plumbing in Richmond-until something goes wrong. If you are having a problem or are considering replacing some of your pipes or perhaps your water heater, it’s not a bad idea to check into what technology has to offer these days.
Even things as seemingly dull as your kitchen sink or bathroom pipes are the subjects of research on a regular basis. Companies want to stay ahead of the curve, so they create new technologies all the time.
Basic Safety For Home Plumbing Projects
For this article I will be using the 'P' trap, but 'S' and 'U' traps are used widely as well.
A plumbing trap is a simple but ingenious contraption used essentially to block the less-than-pleasant smell from drifting up various drain-holes located around your house. If you take the letter P and rotate it 90 degrees clockwise and remove the line segment between the U shape, you'll get the general shape of the P trap. Now imagine piping extended from each end of the P, with the one pointing up going to a given sink drain, and the horizontal one leading through the wall and into the sewer.
Ugh, did I say the sewer? That's right - the rat and germ-infested but absolutely necessary sewer! In most developed nations, all household waste - whether it's laundry and/or kitchen waste or toilet waste - ends up going down the same pipes. It all leads to sewer-treatment plants where it is then processed for eventual release back into the environment and/or fertilizer. Some countries even process it back into drinking water!
Now when you flush, the DWV will introduce air as needed to maintain neutral air pressure, protecting the precious water in the traps. One last thing you should keep in mind is that the trap of any given fixture such as a sink will dry out given enough time. Generally speaking, a month of not being used will result in the evaporation of water in the trap to the point of trap failure. Simply run water periodically to ensure "healthy" traps.
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When undergoing any home improvement project there are safety issues that come into play. Potential hazards can be electrical in nature, and could cause serious injuries including burns and death. Although common sense should prevail, it doesn't always. Making sure you're aware of any potential electrical safety hazards should be the first part of any procedure, including plumbing. Sacramento residents should understand the possibility of electrical danger if they choose to perform their own plumbing projects.
Shut The Electricity Off
Never assume the electricity to a piece of equipment has been shut off. Before you attempt to service anything that has an electrical component to it, disconnect it from the power supply feeding it. This could mean either unplugging it or shutting the power off at the source such as an electrical panel that uses either fuses or circuit breakers. If you do need to shut the power supply off at the panel box, be sure to put some type of warning on the box indicating that you have intentionally shut down the circuit.
Test The System
Once the power supply has been cut off, test the circuit to be sure there is no power going to it. The easiest way to do this is to attempt to turn on the piece of plumbing equipment you are about to work on. If it doesn't turn on, then you can be confident that you have successfully cut off the power, and it is safe to begin plumbing. Sacramento residents and business owners need to always take this precaution when working on any system that is electrically charged.
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